Welcome to St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School in Kojonup and thank you for taking the time to explore the programs our school has to offer. Our school has a warm, intimate and friendly environment where all children are challenged to reach their potential in a Catholic context. When you entrust your child to our care, they are nurtured by our highly professional and dedicated staff.
St. Bernard’s is a school which prides itself on its strong relationships and open communication between home, school, parish and the wider community. Our staff work in partnership with the community to provide an atmosphere that promotes learning, gives encouragement and assistance and challenges children to grow to their full potential.
This website aims to support and enhance the dialogue between all within our school community and beyond. You will find relevant information about our school and its operation. Moreover, the website seeks to capture and celebrate the many varied and rewarding experiences that occur both for students, staff, parents and community members. At St Bernard’s School we can all share in the tremendous achievements that occur spiritually, educationally and socially as we strive to “Respice Stellam!”
St Bernard’s is a small Catholic rural primary school located in the vibrant farming community of Kojonup, two and a half hours south of Perth and one and half hours north of Albany on the Albany Highway. With a student population of approximately 70 children, St Bernard’s caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 in composite classes. The school has great connections with the local Kojonup community and prides itself on open communication between home, parish and school.
I warmly invite you to discover more of how St Bernard’s makes education an enjoyable and richly rewarding experience for its students. I look forward to meeting with you and showing you around our wonderful school.
Mrs Sharon Marino
St. Bernard’s School Kojonup, was established by the Sisters of Mercy and has been meeting the educational, spiritual and pastoral needs of children in Kojonup since 1952. The Mercy Sisters were active in the school until 1986 when the administration and management were entrusted to a total lay staff. Through the course of its history, St. Bernard’s has become an integral part of the town being one of the longest surviving institutions and responsible for the primary school education of many within the Kojonup community.
The school’s crest was designed by one of St Bernard’s early teaching sisters, Sr. Vincent (Sisters of Mercy).
Our motto: RESPICE STELLAM - Look/Reach to the Stars
The image of the SHEEP reflects the agricultural industry of Kojonup
The M is for Mercy, connecting with the Sisters of Mercy who established the school and also with the need for care, compassion, reconciliation & understanding to all peoples (especially the disadvantaged).
The BIBLE reflects the message of God
The STAR is our call to follow Christ